Kick-off: 1230, 17/10/2020
Stadium: Goodison Park
TV: BT Sport
Hopes are high on the blue half of Merseyside that Everton can end a decade-long derby drought when entertaining Liverpool on Saturday.
The Toffees last claimed local bragging rights when Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta scored in a 2-0 Premier League home win on October 17, 2010.
However, 11/4 for that barren run to finally be over is rated great value in our first Everton vs Liverpool prediction.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Everton have made their best start to a league season since 1894, topping the table following four straight wins, with 12 goals scored in those games.
Carlo Ancelotti has overseen a Goodison Park revolution, with summer signings Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan and James Rodriguez all hitting the ground running.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored six goals in this competition, three more in the EFL Cup and netted on his England debut during the international break.
Possibly the only concern has been the form of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, with four goals conceded in high-scoring home victories over West Brom and Brighton.
However, former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has given his backing to the England number one.
“I think he’s had probably three bad minutes in six months,” Southall told Sky Sports.
“His mistakes aren’t killing us – I think that’s a good thing – and I think once he finds his form, we’ll be flying.”
If master tactician Ancelotti can inspire the Toffees to play without fear once more in this match, we feel they are performing well enough to upset their neighbours.
Let’s add 9/2 for a home win and both teams to score to our Everton vs Liverpool betting tips.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Keane, Digne, Mina, Coleman, Sigurdsson, Doucoure, Rodriguez, Davies, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Mason Holgate, Jonjoe Kenny, Jarrad Branthwaite and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain on the sidelines.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool recovered from a shaky start to the defence of their title when edging out Leeds 4-3 to record convincing victories over Chelsea and Arsenal.
However, the Reds then unravelled in spectacular fashion during an embarrassing 7-2 thrashing at Aston Villa.
Positive Covid-19 tests for new signing Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane were a distraction, with Xherdan Shaqiri since suffering the same fate.
But defender Andy Robertson admitted the champions were simply “well below par” at Villa Park.
He told the club website: “We weren’t good enough. We never won our second balls, we never won our challenges, we never scored from the chances we did create.
“All credit goes to Aston Villa, unfortunately. They were better than us.
“Every competition on the pitch they won and when that happens, you’re never going to win a game of football. That result as a Liverpool player is embarrassing.
“We made far too many mistakes that ended up in goals. We were well short, well below par.”
Jurgen Klopp and his players have had a fortnight to reflect on that amazing collapse, but being away on international duty may hinder attempts to regroup.
Although their overall derby record is impressive, the Reds have only drawn on their last three visits to this venue.
Looking at the Everton vs Liverpool odds, we reckon 91/100 for the high-flying Toffees to avoid defeat is another good option.
Last Liverpool line-up: Adrian, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Jota, Firmino, Salah.
Mane and Thiago are set to return after a period of Covid self-isolation, but midfielder Naby Keita is unavailable after an outbreak of coronavirus within the Guinea squad while on international duty.
Captain Jordan Henderson proved his fitness with England this week after a knee injury and should start, with Adrian continuing in goal as Alisson Becker remains out with a shoulder injury.
EVERTON 4-2 Brighton – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina, James Rodriguez (2)
Aston Villa 7-2 LIVERPOOL – Mohamed Salah (2)
Head-to-head: Everton 0-0 Liverpool, Liverpool 1-0 Everton, Liverpool 5-2 Everton, Everton 0-0 Liverpool, Liverpool 1-0 Everton
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